As we all continue to navigate the global COVID-19 pandemic, we're all searching for the best ways to minimize our risk of exposure, and therefore the risk to our families. At Visit Morgan County, we're also committed to helping connect you with our locally owned and operated small businesses, because we believe, that those independent business owners are depending on all of us to help them survive this year more than ever. We also know that these individuals, above all, are a part of our local community. They care about their customers, both local residents and visitors, and are doing everything they can to help minimize your risk of infection when you shop their stores and boutiques. The very last thing these local business owners would want is for anyone to contract this virus (or any illness) while in their store.
So, how are these local business owners helping to reduce your risk as you get that holiday shopping list completed? Well, for starters, they're all following Indiana Department of Health and CDC guidelines regarding sanitization. Frequent cleaning is a must right now! In addition, the vast majority of our small businesses are requiring the use of face masks by employees and doing everything they can to encourage others to wear masks inside their spaces as well. Beyond the basics, several of our local area shops are offering specialized services to reduce, or even eliminate entirely, your risk this holiday season. Online purchasing, purchases by phone, curbside pickup or even local delivery, personal shopping services or private shopping appointments are all being offered as options to keep you, the customer, safe as you spread Christmas cheer through buying local and gift giving. Here's a rundown on which stores are offering which services, and don't forget that gift cards make awesome gifts as well! We'll continue to update this list as we learn about more options.
Cedar Creek Winery & Brew Co.
Leonard Road, Martinsville
Got a wine or beer lover on your Christmas list? You can now order online for curbside pickup from Cedar Creek Winery and Cedar Creek Brew Co! It doesn't get any easier - just hop on to drinkatthecreek.com, order up your favorites and then enjoy a leisurely drive to their gorgeous location on Leonard Road, just east of Martinsville, where you'll pick up your purchases without even leaving your vehicle! ID will be checked at pickup.
Celebrations Boutique is a great place to find fun seasonal gift and decor items in addition to their wedding specific items. They are currently offering curbside service for those who are not comfortable coming inside the store and free shipping for those who may not be able to leave home at all.
DeLyn's gorgeous jewelry as well as ladies apparel and accessories can be purchased utilizing curbside pick and they're also accepting curbside drop off for repair services. Personal shopper services are also available. Simply call them at 765-342-7300 and the ladies of DeLyn Jewelry will help you find the perfect gift for that special someone!
For ladies apparel and accessories, Her Boutique is the place to shop! Masks are required at all times inside the store, hand sanitizer is available at the front doorway and cleaning is being done more frequently than ever throughout the store. Private shopping appointments are available outside of regular store hours if you'd like to guarantee a non-crowded experience. To reduce risks even more, personal shopping services, curbside pickup and even local delivery is available. Be sure to check out their brand-new website for zero risk online shopping!
Fables and Fairy Tales
Who doesn't love the wide selection of books and toys for all ages at Fables and Fairy Tales? For high-risk or extra cautious shoppers, curbside service is available every day during regular hours. New personal shop by appointment hours are now available for those who would like to shop in store before regular hours (10-11 am on Thursdays and Fridays). Please call during business hours to schedule your appointment time. 48 hour notice is appreciated. Personal shopping services are also available - call and tell the knowledgeable staff who you're shopping for and what they love and they'll help you find the perfect gift.
The Painted Cottage
The staff at The Painted Cottage requests that masks be worn inside and that customers make every attempt to social distance while in the store. Hand sanitizer is available at the door. The helpful staff is always happy to take phone orders (317-412-5789) and provide curbside pickup for minimal contact.
The Sterling Butterfly & Pam Hurst Designs
You'll find the beautiful designs of local jewelry artist Pam Hurst as well as other regional Indiana artists at The Sterling Butterfly, where they continue to enforce social distancing guidelines and mask requirements inside the store. Frequent sanitization is done throughout the store and hand sanitizer is always available. You can schedule private shopping appointments before or after regular open hours. The Sterling Butterfly also provides curbside pickup and some local delivery options. There are online store options available for both Pam Hurst Designs and The Sterling Butterfly. If you know you want a high-quality gift for that special someone, but aren't quite sure what to purchase, there are personal shopper services available as well to help you find the perfect fit. Also watch for their daily Facebook shopping features! Each day around lunch time, they'll have featured items you can purchase right on their Facebook page!
Got a foodie, or a witch-aficionado, on your holiday list? The WaffleWhitch in downtown Martinsville has a great stocking stuffer idea you can purchase online and they'll even mail them to you or directly to the gift recipient! Purchase $25 in gift certificates and you'll get $5 free. They're also currently offering local delivery and curbside pickup at their back door. If you need some nourishment while you're out utilizing curbside pickup all around town, just pay when you order by phone and pull up to the back door where they'll deliver right to your car window!
Don't forget that most, if not all, of our locally owned businesses offer gift certificates. After all, who wouldn't LOVE a fun collection of certificates they can use sometime in the future, for a fun night out, an afternoon with the kids or a lunch date? Put together a personalized gift certificate collection for everyone on your Christmas list and rest assured that they'll love the gift, they'll get the joy of receiving it now, the fun of using it later, and you'll be supporting locally owned small businesses now as well! For gift certificate purchases, contact each business directly by phone or purchase certificates online for 100% safe, no contact transactions.